But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. [Galatians 6:14]
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
A WORD ABOUT PURITY
" Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God"[Matt. 5:8]
When we recieve a new moral nature by being born-again, we will then see God manifest Himself in our lives in every respect. Scripture tells us "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new".[2 Cor.5:17] Purity in our lives, hearts, minds--purity in every area, can only come about by us being washed in the Blood of Jesus.
God brings us into a place of maturing love and maturing faith. A person who is born of God is brought into an inward affection and a loyalty to the Lord Jesus Christ that shrinks back from anything impure. You will see the purity of a man and a woman when there is a strong and deep natural affection and bond between them. They abhor and disdain the thought of either of them being untrue to each other. In the same way, by the measure that a person has faith in Jesus, they are pure. Faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ upon the Cross will produce purity of heart, purity of thought, and purity in every area of life. The Holy Spirit can bring about the grace of purity in you, but only as you place your faith in what Jesus did at the Cross.
When the Cross of Christ, the work that He there did, is the object of our faith then the Holy Spirit is able to work God's will in us. Gods will is that we should be pure and holy. We cannot be pure and holy on our own, we must have the supernatural help of the Holy Spirit. We can only recieve that help if our faith is in Calvary.